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Egg Industry

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when his Department will provide guidance on new welfare guidelines as they will apply to permitted flooring systems for the egg industry. (75971)

Updated legislation covering the welfare of laying hens in all systems was introduced in 2002. A Code of Recommendations for the welfare of laying hens is available from the Defra website:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/welfare/farmed/layers/layerscode.pdf

If a producer requires further guidance on the suitability of individual flooring systems, they should contact the relevant local enforcement body.